New Harrow police boss pledges to tackle burglary

The new head of Harrow’s police force has said he is ready to face the borough’s burglary problem head on.

Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens is now Harrow Police’s borough commander after his appointment last week. He is taking the reins from Chief Superintendent Dal Babu, who retired last month.

Ovens explained the tough challenges ahead of him, saying:

“I am delighted to be here. I have always thought my natural habitat is policing a borough and it’s exciting to be in a part of London I haven’t worked in before.

“Harrow is a quiet borough but there are problems with burglary, robbery and anti-social behaviour and my main focus will be to lock up those who commit crime.”

Ovens, 46, went on to state his intention to push for more proactivity from his officers – ensuring patrol time is spent effectively.

Among the first items to be addressed will be the future of Pinner police station’s front counter. The counter is run solely by volunteers and the London Mayor’s Crime and Policing Plan had suggested it will close.

However, in a statement that will please the local community, Ovens said:

“Pinner will still be a police station and the front counter will remain open for as long as volunteers are happy to do it.”

People in Harrow are fully aware of the area’s less-than-impressive crime rates and many choose to boost their home security efforts with the help of roller shutter doors and mesh grills.

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